We had 26 members today. The new Tuesday Karaoke session was a great success again and then it was time for the chat session as usual at 2.30pm. There is always a lot of good chatting amongst members and today was lovely to also see Muriel and Ivor who have not joined for a while. Lisa welcomed everyone and also announced the M&S Whetstone bucket collection amount which was collected during the 2 days. Lisa mentioned how she also saw 2 of the members Gina and Chris who attended. Ian James our music entertainer then joined us and as always makes a grand entrance and likes to chat to everyone before he starts. Ian sang a variety of cockney songs and other 60’s favourites which everyone enjoyed singing along. In fact the feedback during the session was for more of the same from Ian in future sessions.

Rachel then joined us for the music dance exercise session and everyone was pleased to see her especially as she was away last week. Rachel introduced some new dance routines and new songs which everyone enjoyed and participated.

Kevin then organised a picture quiz today which everyone did very well but the winner was Gina and Chris as they had also a miniature battery operated singing James Brown model which was one of the quiz questions. Everyone was nicely surprised and apparently Gina and Chris have quite a number of other models they will show us.

Lisa then called out the Bingo numbers and as Lisa announced that she will be away tomorrow towards the end of the session as she has another work meeting, Lisa decided to keep calling the Bingo numbers and it obviously meant that everyone who participated today in the Bingo were winners.

We had 22 members today on this glorious sunny and warm day. The Karaoke session started at 2pm as usual which everyone really enjoyed and then our chat session started at 2.30pm. Lisa welcomed everyone. It was lovely to also see Sheila Mortimer one of the volunteers from Golders Green Rotary Club.  Katie Paine our music entertainer then joined us. We had not seen her for a couple of weeks and everyone gave her a warm welcome. Katie decided to sing Buddy Holly music today and ended up with singing ‘Rocking around the Clock’ for her final song which got everyone up dancing.

Eon then joined us for the exercises to music and Eon decided today to put some 50’s music. As usual everyone participated in the exercises which were great.

Lisa then continued with doing a reading today of someone’s memories  ‘All About Milk’ It was very interesting history. Lisa talked about how milk was delivered by horse and cart in the early 50’s and then the electric milk floats were introduced in 1923. Also brought memories about drinking milk at schools which was introduced in 1946 and then how it was withdrawn. It generated a very interesting chat. Lisa then called out the Bingo numbers and today’s winner was Booba Beryl and Hazel.

We had 22 members today. Everyone really enjoyed the Karaoke at 2pm and then the chat time started at 2.30pm.  Lisa welcomed everyone. There were some interesting chats today which was really nice and the new members participating. A few of the members were proud to show their haircuts. James Le Bec then joined with Joy. James sang a few songs and then strated the music quiz which was a bit challenging today but fun. The winner for the music quiz with 10 out of 10 was Chris and Gina.

Richard then joined to start the Yoga session which is always popular and then this follows on with Richard’s quiz which today was about the Royal Family. The winners were Pam and John with 9 out of 10. One of the questions which everyone found difficult to answer was whether the Queen needs to have a passport or a driving licence. The answer is NO but some people thought that perhaps she needed a driving licence. Pam and John’s pretend prize was an afternoon tea with the Queen and the tea would be Earl Grey tea which is the Queen’s favourite tea.

Lisa then called out the Bingo numbers and the winner today was Gina and Chris.

We had 30  members this evening. Lisa welcomed everyone and also welcomed her 2 visitors – Catherine Reed and Kath Vale from Dementia Adventure who were invited to talk to members about the holidays and services they provide. Kath did a presentation and also showed a short video and then members had a chance to ask questions. Everyone was very interested and in fact a couple of members had already booked beforehand.

When our visitors left about 8pm, the meeting then continued with various other discussions.

We also discussed care agencies. As Marcelo was at the meeting he was able to answer some questions this evening. He is the Managing Director of Christies Care. Rosetta also mentioned about the care company she works for called Unique Care and Lisa said that she would provide details of both in an email to members.
    
We also discussed care assessments and carers card scheme. Lisa provided this information a couple of weeks ago but informed members that she would email details again. Lisa  also said that she would try to invite Mike Rich CEO of Barnet Carers Centre to join our carers group meeting next Tuesday at 7pm to talk more about these and also to let us know about applying for any grants.

We also discussed personal alarms. Kevin mentioned a device which was recommended to him called Daytech Caregiver.

Daytech Caregiver Pager Wireless Call Button for Elderly Patient

Lisa also mentioned about another device called Argenti care technology which offers peace of mind not only in and around the house but also when you go out and even abroad. Information can be obtained through Barnet Council or the Argenti website. Please see the link below;

https://www.barnet.gov.uk/adult-social-care/independence-your-home/get-equipment-adaptations-technology-your-home/argenti

The meeting finished at 8.30pm

We had 21 members today and new members. The new Karaoke session started at 2pm and today it was a little longer than usual as there were a couple of tribute songs for His Royal Highness The Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh who sadly recently passed away on Friday 9th April.  Everyone then met for the chat session a little later and was soon joined by Ian our music entertainer who always enters and welcomes everyone individually with a smile.

Ian sang some lovely songs which everyone enjoyed singing along to. We were then joined by Richard Kravetz today as Rachel who normally does the exercise session was away today. The Yoga session with Richard was great as usual.

Lisa then called out the Bingo numbers and the winner today was Joan.

Lisa then reminded everyone about this evening’s care group meeting and mentioned that unfortunately Andrew unable to do the seminar this evening as he had a family emergency.